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is there and the change in our fiscal situation. >> china has been driving hard to grow its naval capabilities backed up with a strong aerospace capability. you were the seven fleet commander. when you look at china and all the things in the chinese navy in particular, what do you see when you look at the chinese navy in terms of capabilities they're doing? >> i see a navy that's growing beyond a series of somewhat asymmetrical if you will approaches in its missions to something which frankly tends to be more conventional. what i mean by that, if you look at their shipbuilding plant, they're building a certain number of nuclear submarines similar to what the soviets did way back when as they look at what they need to protect and to be able to, if you will, operate forward in their own context. they're looking -- they build sort of dvgs like we did, missile destroyers with increased tonnage. they're building an aircraft carrier. that's a complex situation. you're into a new realm, you know. operating an air waing. every plane that takes -- air wing. every plane that takes off has to land. very complex. t
that doesn't pose any threats now and really won't, can't for many years. they see china as a potential threat in the future but recognize we have common interests in china which would ease that threat. and they see the great instability in the middle east as posing specific threats to us such as the chemical weapons in syria which could fall in the hands of terrorists, but see these threats as threats to be managed, not to be resolved once and for all. meaning we can protect the chemical weapons. we don't have to go in and turn syria into a democracy. >> you want the united states to build one of the points that the report makes early on, to build on comparative strengths and address comparative weaknesses. from your standpoint what are those strengths that need to be built on, and then what are the weaknesses that need to be addressed? >> well, our military forces have unprecedented capabilities. we've spent a lot over the last 10 years, as you know, and it shows in our naval power, our air power, our space capabilities, our intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance capabilities. our
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